The Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) advances research, innovation, and education by bringing together faculty and students across disciplines; providing funding, space, support, and expertise; and building mutually beneficial partnerships beyond campus.
ICAT projects are funded to artists, designers, engineers, and scientists who come together in a living laboratory that fosters creativity and promotes critical reflection. Explore below to discover how our faculty and students are solving the complex problems of the world.
Art and technology continually define and redefine our world. Art provides a powerful lens for viewing the world and opens up the possibilities to traverse domains, often in the most unexpected ways. Read more
“With this project, we are trying to explain and make people aware of a complicated environmental problem that affects some of the most imperiled creatures in our very backyard, at the Clinch River in Appalachia,” explained Matthew Hull.
“This project harnesses the power of music to celebrate nature and consider our responsibilities as stewards of the natural world,” said Dwight Bigler, “Mosaic for Earth” composer and director of choirs at Virginia Tech. The School of Performing Arts seeks community support to showcase the concert worldwide.
ICAT creates opportunities for Virginia Tech faculty to explore new areas of transdisciplinary research, build new partnerships, and cross disciplinary boundaries. There are many ways for faculty members to be involved with ICAT as well as to receive funding and support for transdisciplinary research projects.
ICAT spans academics and research, offering opportunities to explore new ideas, work as part of interdisciplinary teams with other students and faculty members, get funding for research projects, and learn through cutting-edge experiences beyond the classroom.
Through ICAT, your company has unparalleled access to work side-by-side with teams of university experts to explore new ideas and solutions. ICAT helps companies of all sizes explore ideas in low-risk, low-cost ways, customizing services to meet specific budgets, timelines and desired outcomes.